Decluttering is Part of My #nanowrimo Novel Editing Process

CONTINUED FROM Part 1: 3 REASONS DECLUTTERING IS PART OF MY #NANOWRIMO NOVEL EDITING PROCESS

I’ve made it a goal to reduce clutter and get organized so I can have room in my life to write. I need to write! Here are the goals I’m working towards to make it easier for me to accomplish my writing goals. #wordcount!

My goals:

  1. Reduce Physical clutter
  2. Reduce Mental clutter
  3. Improve Organization

GOAL #1 REDUCE PHYSICAL CLUTTER:

I’ve made some progress with physical de-cluttering as you can see below…

Before:

declutter part 1

 

And after:

 

AFTER DECLUTTER PHOTO

 

This is kind of reminds me of those games they have. With the two pictures and you have to spot the difference? Yes. I know the progress is small, but it is forward progress! Our house is lovely and small, so we store stuff where we can. Including a baby mobile and a stroller behind my writing chair! LOL We’ll find better spots for these as I work on cleaning out, reorganizing and tossing stuff. But progress is just that…progress. And I’m 31 weeks preganant. So, GO ME!

As is somewhat obvious from the photos, I’ve gotten rid of some stuff. I’m not finished, keep in mind, but I’ve made progress with reducing physical clutter. Here are the highlights:

  • 2 large bags of shredded documents
  • Old envelopes
  • Outdated coupons
  • Blank recipe cards
  • Kid’s toys

GOAL #2 REDUCE MENTAL CLUTTER:

My husband came through for this one! He bought me Scrivner for Christmas! Yes, this is a writer’s dream-boat program used to write ANYTHING and it can be used, unlike regular word processors, to write in a non-linear fashion with ease. Hence reducing mental clutter.

I don’t write in a a very linear fashion. I like to move scenes around and follow characters around. Somehow, I ended up writing in a more or less linear fashion for #nanowrimo2015, but I can assure you that I will not be #editing in a linear fashion. No way…I’ve only had the program downloaded for a few days and I’m already in love with it!

In addition or organizing my writing with Scrivner – thank you@knightsbayne! – I’ve organized my 2015 paperwork in preparation for tax season. So that’s a weight off my chest! I’ll be getting to that in January. I have to think ahead since I have #secondbaby due in March2016!!! And seriously, who on Earth wants to deal with taxes while trying to nurse a barely-month-old infant? Show of hands? *hint* (not me!)

GOAL #3 IMPROVE ORGANIZATION

I got some some super pantry organization tools for Christmas!

One for cans:

One for small food items:

My husband also built me…AN HONEST TO GOODNESS PANTRY! We had been using a bookshelf to store all our pantry items, but my husband crafted me a pantry. This was especially necessary since I’m in my second year of couponing and stockpiling is, well, a thing now. LOL

My new pantry in progress:

 

pantry in progress

 

Finished product:


As part of improving organization, my next project is to make room for #secondbaby, which means clearing out stuff.

Where our baby bed is “supposed” to go!

As you can see, I have my work cut out for me! Wish me luck and check back to see how I’m doin’!

What are your declutter and organization hurdles?

 

 

 

 

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I'm a stay-at-home mom writer and blogger. Writing my novel!

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